St Tropez ‘In Pictures’ (Official Video)
ST TROPEZ are an indie rock act from the sunny state of California. Formed in 2012, the band have spent the last few years perfecting and tweaking their sound to essentially achieve what they have today.
To describe ST TROPEZ is actually a hard thing to do. The band encompasses elements of acoustic sounds, electronic sounds, garage rock, and even the sunny riffs that make up the indie rock genre. You’d think it would be this huge tangle of sounds fighting to reach the foreground, but it’s really quite the opposite.
Their debut track, with accompanied video, (and teaser for the spring album release) ‘In Pictures’ elegantly encompasses electronic synths. It then surrounds the sounds with a definite percussion line from a synth, eventually progressing into a kit. The haunting vocals aid in giving the track a subtle texture that would be seemingly absent without the particular vocal style.
The kaleidoscopic ream of historic memorabilia within the video aids in accentuating this kind of fuzzy noise-rock that’s been paired with this stunning set of synths and beats. Directed by Californian filmmaker Carlos Marulanda, he’s made it so that the colours tend to warp the context of the video, and give it this almost psychedelic feel. The feel of the video seems to be perfectly synonymous with the tempo and vibe of the track and is something that seems to be quite enigmatic in its prowess.
‘In Pictures’ if anything, is the perfect amount of everything; noise, quiet, synths, instruments, vocals, sustained phrases, short phrases. ST TROPEZ have moulded a truly remarkable first step from the band, and I can only begin to imagine what’s next to be heard from the Californian outfit.
‘In Pictures’ can be downloaded on their SoundCloud for free.
Words by Caitlin Medcalf